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Flag of Drochia
Coat of arms of Drochia
Coat of arms
Drochia is located in Moldova
Location in Moldova
Coordinates: 48°2′N 27°45′E / 48.033°N 27.750°E / 48.033; 27.750Coordinates: 48°2′N 27°45′E / 48.033°N 27.750°E / 48.033; 27.750
Country  Moldova
District Drochia District
Established 1777
 • Mayor Igor Grozavu, since 2011
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 13,150
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code MD-52xx
Area code(s) +373 252 xx x xx
Climate Dfb

Drochia is a city in the northern part of Moldova. It is the administrative center of the eponymous district. The city is located 174.4 km (108.4 mi) north of the national capital, Chişinău, and 67 km (42 mi) north-east of the Romanian city of Iaşi. The average elevation of Drochia is 226 meters. The population at the 2004 census was 16,606.

The name of the city comes from a local type of bird, called dropie (English: great bustard).


Drochia is first mentioned by chroniclers in 1777. By 1830 it was a small settlement encompassing 25 families. A document dating from 1847 notes that a small grape-processing plant, the town's first industrial enterprise, had been built. Two mills situated on a local stream were built in 1875.

More intensive industrial development emerged after the railway first came through at the end of the 19th century. At the 1930 census, the locality (then a village) was known as Drochia-Gară (literally Drochia Station), and had a population of only 595. It was part of Plasa Bădiceni of the Soroca County.

Drochia received the status of a city in 1973.


Ethnic composition
Ethnic group 1930 census 2004 census
Moldovans (Romanians) 181 12,864
Ruthenians (Ukrainians) 77 2,600
Russians 209 986
Jews 112 13
Bulgarians 22
Gagauzians 18
Poles 5 6
Gypsies 2
Armenians 7 95
Serbians, Croatians, Slovenes 1
others 3
Total 595 16,606
Native language
Language 1930 census 2004 census
Romanian 198 N/A
Russian 210 N/A
Yiddish 102 N/A
Ukrainian 80 N/A
Polish 4 N/A
other 1 N/A
Total 595 16,606


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